Tuesday, 29 January 2019 15:54
Mission boat to undergo overhaul
Written by Devin Martin
BAR HARBOR – The Maine Seacoast Mission uses a boat to connect to a number of islands Downeast. That boat is about to get a complete renovation.
Based out of Bar Harbor, the mission has been serving the people of the Downeast islands for more than 100 hundred years.
But for the last 24 years, the mission has been using a boat named the Sunbeam V to get to people who live on some of the remote islands in the bay.
“The boat was a ministry, it was to take a pastor around to the outer islands. It has slowly morphed beyond that. We now do medical services on the boat and we also have a social component,” Capt. Mike Johnson said.
[T]he Sunbeam V is due for some repairs….
“All steel boats, they rust from the inside out,” Johnson said. “So if you take good very good care of the exterior of the boat, there’s still insidious little corrosion that’s starting so we’re getting little surface corrosion on the inside. So what that means is that we need to gut the entire interior of the boat.”
Those repairs will take about seven months to complete.